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Fanouropita or The Wish Cake

Fanouropita, Greek cake for finding lost objects and people
Fanouropita, Greek cake for finding lost objects and people
Slice of Fanouropita, Greek cake for finding lost objects and people

Fanouropita or The Wish Cake

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Serves: 8 Cooking Time: 60 min


  • 375 g vegetable oil (I used sunflower oil)
  • 375 ml fresh orange juice
  • 120 g chopped walnuts
  • 540 g self-rising flour
  • 75 g raisins
  • 300 g sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves



Preheat the oven at 180C


Use a hand whisk to beat the sugar, vegetable oil and 250 ml of the orange juice in a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved


Combine the remaining 120 ml of orange juice with the baking soda, cinnamon and cloves in a separate bowl. Mix with a fork until the baking soda froths


Add the baking soda mixture to the bowl with the sugar and mix thoroughly


Add the flour, walnuts, salt and raisins. Mix until all of the ingredients are completely combined


Line a baking round tin with a parchment paper


Pour in the mixture and bake for 50-60 minutes. Stick a toothpick in after 40 minutes to see if it is ready. The toothpick has to come out clean


Serve with icing sugar


I discovered this moist and cinnamon scented cake during a blitz, late autumn visit to Rhodes island. What attracted my attention first was the story around it. This is the cake done whenever somebody is looking for lost things or people or when one has a wish. I decided tooo call it "the Wishing Cake". In fact it is a cake dedicated to Saint Fanourios, patron of lost things.

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